Summer Gets Rare Welcome: Strawberry Moon

A couple of cosmic events collide for the first time in a half-century
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2016 7:21 AM CDT
Summer Gets Rare Welcome: Strawberry Moon
A group of girls watches a full strawberry moon rise above the Tagus River in Lisbon on June 2, 2015.   (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

On Monday, everyone in the Northern Hemisphere can finally say "Welcome, summer!"—and also lift their eyes up to witness a different cosmic phenomenon that only happens in tandem with the summer solstice every half-century or so, ScienceAlert notes. The strawberry moon, a full moon in June so named by Native Americans to mark the beginning of strawberry season, hasn't appeared on the same date as the summer solstice for several decades: EarthSky says 1967 was the last such moon, while the Old Farmer's Almanac puts that previous date as falling nearly 70 years ago. Viewers can check out the strawberry moon—aka the full rose moon, aka the honey moon—Monday evening via the Slooh observatory's live stream from the Canary Islands. If you miss it, you may not see another one in your lifetime: The next strawberry moon isn't expected until 2062, per EarthSky. (More summer solstice stories.)

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